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Style Watch

Looking back

New takes on decades past.

Tina Sutton

KHIARA M. BRIDGES

  • 34 / SOUTH END

  • > Though spotted at Boston Ballet, Bridges looks as if she just stepped out of a 1920s jazz club with her slinky vintage jersey dress (picked up in New York), jangly beaded choker (from Zara), and night-on-the-town up-do. “It’s the easiest thing to do with my hair,” says the associate professor of law at Boston University.

  • > Adding more vintage class are Bridges’s glam accessories: a black patent clutch and pumps with bold cuff bracelets (all from Aldo).

  • > When teaching, Bridges often wears opaque tights like these to cover large floral tattoos. She also got tattoos of law casebooks to celebrate landing her teaching job.

  • Favorite Stores Zara, Nordstrom, British website irregularchoice.com for fun footwear


Tina Sutton

JORDAN PIANTEDOSI

  • 25 / BRAINTREE

  • > “I’m a painter. Can you tell?” teases Piantedosi, whose psychedelic murals decorate the hip Beat Hotel restaurant in Harvard Square. Equally whimsical is the mix of colors and decades she wears, starting with this vintage ’30s fox stole dyed forest green (bought on eBay). “It wasn’t coming back to life if I didn’t buy it,” she says.

  • > In deeper shades of green are the ’60s thrift-shop lace dress (from the Central Square Goodwill Store) and matching opaque tights with purple strappy clogs, a ’70s flashback (from John Fluevog).

  • > Hardly cleansing the palette is the eye-popping neon pink leather bag (from T.J. Maxx).

  • Favorite Stores Goodwill, John Fluevog, Oona’s Experienced Clothing

Tina Sutton

CAROLINE BUSHEL

  • 30 / CAMBRIDGE

  • > “I like a retro look simply because it fits my body better,” says the tall and curvy fashion stylist. But Bushel keeps her ’40s-inspired silhouette decidedly modern, as in this luxurious Marni leather peplum jacket (from a Saks consolidation sale) with its built-in hourglass shape.

  • > Also period perfect is the narrow, below-the-knee polka-dot skirt (from Zara) and sky blue form-fitting sweater (from J.Crew). Tying the unusual color choices together are clay-colored tights (from Lord & Taylor), a carnelian necklace (from H&M), and Chanel spectator pumps (a Bergdorf Goodman splurge).

  • > The YSL leopard-print bag (from Saks) is both timeless and edgy.

  • Favorite Stores Forever 21, Saks Fifth Avenue, vintage goods from Raspberry Beret (Cambridge), Artifaktori

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